Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Colorado city looks to Obama for aid as fire turns deadly
CNN ^ | June 29, 2012 | By Moni Basu and Chelsea J. Carter

Posted on 06/29/2012 11:15:47 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer

Friday brought sad news to Colorado Springs: A monster wildfire that raged nearby and came roaring down a mountain has turned deadly. Authorities discovered a charred body in a house consumed by flames. One other person was missing.

But Friday also brought some relief. The fire, raging since last weekend, had been growing steadily, fueled by hot, arid conditions and winds that gusted at 65 miles per hour.

There was relief, too, in knowing that President Barack Obama was on his way to Colorado to visit fire-affected areas. He was scheduled to arrive around noon, local time.

Colorado Springs Mayor Steve Bach, who has been present at media briefings, skipped talking to reporters Friday morning.

He attended an emotional meeting the evening before with residents wanting to know what had happened to their homes. And in the morning, he was gearing up for his meeting with the president, sorting out in his head what kind of federal aid he would ask for.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Colorado
KEYWORDS: coloradofires; journalism; media; obamaloveaffair
Katrina.
1 posted on 06/29/2012 11:15:53 AM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

Correction CNN: Obama interjected himself by coming to the fire for a political photo op.


2 posted on 06/29/2012 11:20:32 AM PDT by Red Steel
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

Maybe he can tax the fire out. Or make the citizens pay a penalty for not putting the fire out themselves.


3 posted on 06/29/2012 11:20:59 AM PDT by History Repeats (If Obama had a son, he'd have his picture hanging on the wall of the Post office wanted board.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

He didn’t bother to show up in Texas last summer when three million acres burned and over 1700 homes were burned to the ground, but then Texas is not a swing state. What a horrible president he is.


4 posted on 06/29/2012 11:20:59 AM PDT by txrefugee
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

Obama shares responsibility in this disaster by cutting funding to the aerial tankers.


5 posted on 06/29/2012 11:22:18 AM PDT by DownInFlames
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

Too many white people in Colorado to worry about it.


6 posted on 06/29/2012 11:24:40 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

I have a cousin living there on the East side of I-25, a little East & North of the AF Academy. I hope the fires don’t spread to the Academy, then further East...


7 posted on 06/29/2012 11:27:00 AM PDT by bcsco
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

“Katrina.”

The “media” will never allow that comparison to surface. There will be extensive coverage of his visit, and he’ll be hailed as a conquering hero. They (the “media) have been thirsting to give him dramatic, heroic photo ops and they now have their opportunity. This will become all about him.


8 posted on 06/29/2012 11:27:18 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

I doubt Colorado Springs is looking for much of anything from Obozo.


9 posted on 06/29/2012 11:27:53 AM PDT by MileHi ( "It's coming down to patriots vs the politicians." - ovrtaxt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DownInFlames
Obama shares responsibility in this disaster by cutting funding to the aerial tankers.

A fact to be conveniently ignored by the MSM.

10 posted on 06/29/2012 11:28:25 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

We could see the smoke plume from the San Luis Valley this morning. It is over 100 miles away. Conditions are ripe for wildfires. Extreme drought, beetle killed pines, high winds and hot, hot temperatures.


11 posted on 06/29/2012 11:34:27 AM PDT by albionin (A gawn fit's eye gettin.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

hahahhaha—He’s only hoping for a photo op.


12 posted on 06/29/2012 11:35:33 AM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bcsco

Highly unlikely the flame will cross the interstate to get to the east side of the city.


13 posted on 06/29/2012 11:39:35 AM PDT by ebersole
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

I hope he chokes on our smoke!


14 posted on 06/29/2012 11:41:06 AM PDT by ebersole
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: ebersole

I would think so, but will pray for the best in any case. The academy is pretty darned close, however.


15 posted on 06/29/2012 11:42:29 AM PDT by bcsco
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

Colorado is a blue state. They will get whatever they want.


16 posted on 06/29/2012 11:46:51 AM PDT by napscoordinator
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Red Steel
Correction CNN: Obama interjected himself by coming to the fire for a political photo op.

You are correct. Living in Colorado Springs, I've been on the 24/7 kktv website all of every day. The day this was announced, at one of the twice daily press briefings, all the pols (especially mayor) were asked about it. Bach said, "we called the Secret Service and told them we were too busy to guarantee security. President Obama is coming anyway."

In other words, factoring in his and others tone, they were saying, "DO NOT COME. You're not needed and you're not wanted."

17 posted on 06/29/2012 12:11:55 PM PDT by jammer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

I saw an odd story on the local CBS news the day after the fire flared up, putting Co. Spgs in danger.
The reporterette said that Jay Carney had been asked at that morning’s press briefing, why 0 hadn’t even spoken yet with Gov. Hickenlooper. She reported that Carney proceeded to ramble on for 5 minutes about FEMA and its responsibilities (among other things) without answering the question. When asked again, he said only that 0 was getting all of the latest information. The reporter kept her face blank during the story.
It wasn’t until that night that we heard that he was coming on Friday.
Sounds like he was told to show some interest.


18 posted on 06/29/2012 12:14:55 PM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: All
CNN Logic..

"...There was relief, too, in knowing that President Barack Obama was on his way to Colorado to visit fire-affected areas. He was scheduled to arrive around noon, local time..."

If my house was in the path of the fire, a presidential visit for a photo-op and disruption of the actual firefighting would be the last thing I wanted.

19 posted on 06/29/2012 12:47:04 PM PDT by az_gila
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: jammer

I’m on the south side near Carson. Luckily, they kept the fire from jumping 24.

My view is that the people here are neighbors, and as such we look out for each other. Screw 0bozo, stay put in the white hut or go to CA for 4 more fund-raisers. We’re still fighting the fire out here - so stay out of the way.

Colorado is more of a purple state - but I have a feeling that we may swing red this election.


20 posted on 06/29/2012 12:55:47 PM PDT by JoeVet (First rule of holes ... when you find yourself standing in one - stop digging ... unless ur a Dim)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer
The Forest service/Ogabe administration have been ignoring Evergreen Aviation's 747’s supertanker.

It and other planes have been sitting idle while the eco fecal freaks in the White hut ring their hands over the possibility of dead fish from dropped fire retardant.

The victims in Colorado should sue all the aholes involved in withholding these tools that could have been used to fight these fires in Colorado and around the country.

747 Super Tanker Fire figther

Evergreen Supertanker Arrives In Israel To Fight Carmel Fire 04.12.10

21 posted on 06/29/2012 1:14:32 PM PDT by Electric Graffiti (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentation of their Moonbats)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JoeVet

I agree with everything you say. Yes, I think Colorado will go red. Of course, you and I live in a pretty red part of the state, even when Colorado overall goes blue!


22 posted on 06/29/2012 1:17:56 PM PDT by jammer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

He’s late to the party.... wouldn’t want to put the _resident in danger... our firefighter heroes have done the hard work. Just like the Bozo to try and coopt the credit...


23 posted on 06/29/2012 1:36:09 PM PDT by DragonMarine (Capitalism works, but it has to be paid for. (From the halls of Montezuma...))
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: az_gila

“If my house was in the path of the fire, a presidential visit for a photo-op and disruption of the actual firefighting would be the last thing I wanted. “

any visit by this POSOTUS would be the last thing i want.


24 posted on 06/29/2012 1:48:17 PM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Oldeconomybuyer

Line 4 is a nice try by CNN.
Relief. Right.
Read the local news from The Springs (gazette.com) or see the news online (kktv.com). Since it was announced that the dictator would be there, comments after the related stories say for him to stay away.


25 posted on 06/29/2012 3:15:53 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("War." Andrew Breitbart)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: bcsco

My aunt was in the evacuation zone just west of 25. Interior of the house had a black layer of ash when she returned home yesterday. We are thankful she has a home to return to.


26 posted on 06/29/2012 3:19:57 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty ("War." Andrew Breitbart)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: DownInFlames

The enviros don’t like slurry , so we don’t have that tool to fight the fires , either .


27 posted on 06/29/2012 4:04:17 PM PDT by katykelly
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson